A ROTHERHAM pair have taken their hobby of growing vegetables and rearing poultry to the next level by opening his own Deli.
Lee Taylor and his wife Frances officially opened their Yorkshireman’s Deli on June 23, – and Mayor Shaun Wright was onhand to sample some of their delicacies.
The idea for the new venture came about after Lee, 36, was made redundant from a sales position, and decided to turn his agricultural interests into a money-making opportunity.
He said: “Becoming a business owner in the current economic climate was a daunting step but one we needed to take due to my unfortunate redundancy.
“Frances and I have always enjoyed growing our own fruit and vegetables and tending to our chickens and it seemed to be the perfect solution to take our experience into business.”
The shop is based inside the town centre’s Imperial Buildings, and offers a range of homemade produce including cheeses, chutneys, pork pies, sausage rolls, and a selection of sandwiches.
The Taylors had help and support from the Rotherham Enterprise Project, which is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
Frances, 35, said: “We approached the organisation after hearing they helped start-up businesses like ours flourish in the first few months of trading by offering advice and financial support.
“We spoke to Julia Millea, a business coach from the project, who helped us with our business plan, sourcing a food hygiene course for me to take and securing us a £500 grant which was put towards a food chiller we needed to store ingredients.”
Julia, from Rotherham Enterprise, said: “Lee and Frances make a great team and I’m sure will go on to provide Rotherham with some of the best delights around. It’s great to see them turning a dismal situation into a positive one and a huge success.”